I am in Kansas City. Still Winter, but warming up. Today it was a pleasant and somewhat unseasonable 62 degrees so I inspected the hive for the first time in over 3 months. I looked for the queen and for brood. T is my understanding that even in the cold Midwest, the queen will start laying in early February. Sometimes even in January. I looked for open celled brood, but could find none. There may be capped brood. Attached are pictures of what I believe is the queen and also of some of the frames.
Is this the queen?
There are 2 pictures where there is a triangle of sunlight. Within those sunlit triangles there are capped cells. Are those capped brood? If so why couldn’t I find any uncapped brood?
I saw many hive beetles. A surprise to me at this time of year. Should I be surprised? What should I do?